The Police Headquarters has issued a special circular to all Police stations after health guidelines issued to prevent the spread of the coronavirus were found to be grossly violated by the public.
Police Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ajith Rohana said that under the circular, special operations will be launched from today (Sunday) to take action on those found to be violating the health guidelines.
DIG Ajith Rohana said that policemen deployed to inspect shopping malls, shops, public transport and other locations, found that the health guidelines issued by the Health Ministry to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are being grossly violated.
He said that the Police observed most people were not wearing face masks or maintaining social distancing in public places.
The Police Spokesman also said that some hotels and other institutions were also not closely following the health guidelines.
As a result the special circular has been issued for the Police to take appropriate action.
DIG Ajith Rohana said policemen in uniform as well as plain clothed officers will be deployed to detect and take action on those violating the health guidelines.
He said that the threat of the coronavirus still remains in Sri Lanka and the world over.
The Police Spokesman said that some countries have even enforced lockdowns after experiencing a third and fourth wave.
He said that the only way to prevent new coronavirus clusters from emerging is to follow the coronavirus health guidelines. (Colombo Gazette)